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, in denver last night. president obama and mitt romney going toe to toe on critical issues, like the economy and health care. and by most accounts, it was mitt romney who emerged the victor. lots of debate analysis ahead on "starting point." we'll be talking live with john mccain of arizona and rand paul of kentucky. from team obama, we'll be speaking with martin o'malley and campaign spokeswoman, jen psaki. plus, obama's former economic adviser, austan goolsbee. first, though, a look at the instant reaction from the debate in the cnn/orc poll, of debate watchers taken right after the debate, 67% say they think romney won. 25% only thought the president won. cnn's dana bash joins us this morning to go over some of the hits and some of the misses. good morning. >> good morning. well, i'm here in new york, so maybe we should talk about what happens, how you get to carnegie hall, practice, practice, practice. and is that clearly is what helped the mitt romney. he spent a lot of time practicing, really for the past month doing these mock debates. and when it comes to the president, he was rusty.
me do my homework. >> mitt romney put his spin on the debates last night, as well, at a rally in denver. trying to frame how they would be judged. >> and what, in my view, it's not so much winning and losing or even the people themselves, the president and myself, it's -- it's about something bigger than that. these debates are an opportunity for each of us to describe the pathway forward for america that we would choose. and the american people are going to have to make their choice as to what kind of america they want. >> based on the latest cnn national poll we showed you, there is a lot at stake. the candidates within the margin of error on each other. sean spicer is the communications director for the republican national committee. he joins us now from the republican national committee headquarters in washington, d.c. and sean, do you agree with republican nominee mitt romney that the debate is not about winning and losing? >> well, i don't think it's about, you know, who scores the most points or not. it's about laying out a vision for where we want this country to go. t
on the united states. but that night, with the attacks on the u.s. embassy in libya and egypt, mitt romney went on the attack against the president and that backfired. that's why you're going to see a more aggressive mitt romney. he gave a preview on the campaign trail in florida. >> we face a time when there's tumult in the middle east and other parts of the world. and people are asking, where's america? where's american leadership? this is a critical time. if we were to re-elect president obama, i don't think we'd measure up to the test of time. >> reporter: that was from the campaign trail in virginia on friday. remember the last presidential debate is on foreign policy. our most recent poll on foreign policy. the president has a seven-point advantage. we'll see. >> before we get to that foreign policy debate, we have the vice presidential debate coming up thursday night. what are the expectations there's? >> reporter: i think a lot more is on the line. more is on the line for the debate because of the president's lackluster performance. both candidates talking about the big showdown in kent
stories now. it is debate night in america, less than 11 hours until president obama and governor romney face off with their first presidential debate. cnn's live coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. eastern. >>> turning to the economy, new data from payroll firm adp shows the private sector added 162,000 jobs last month. and while that beat forecasts it a slowdown from august. the adp data is closely watched as it is released just before the government's jobs report, which is due out friday. >>> american airlines says it is now inspecting 47 of its boeing 757s after reports seats came loose on three flights on two planes. at least 36 of those planes have now been inspected. six planes have improperly installed seats. the airline blaming clamps for the problem. >>> tragedy along the arizona border where this man, you see him right behind me, nicholas ivie became the third border patrol agent to die in the line of duty this year after he was shot and killed. they're searching for a suspect this morning. joe johns joins me now. so, where do things stand in the manhunt? >> reporter: right now this
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